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PhD in Health Sciences


Admissions to the PhD program will be suspended until further notice

The online application, and tuition and fee information may be obtained by going to


The Program is specifically designed for health related professionals with training or experience in the application of scientific knowledge or methods in the delivery of health care or related services. In addition, applicants must have earned at least a master's degreewith an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and, where applicable,

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be licensed or certified to practice in their field. Rutgers places no restrictions on prospective applicants because of their color, creed, race, sex, age, marital status, or national origin. Admission of disabled students is governed by the University Policy regarding disabled persons.


The deadline for receipt of all admissions materials is March 1 each year for Fall matriculation (applicants may take up to 12 credits as a nonmatriculant, which can be applied to fulfill the program requirements upon admission). All applications will be reviewed for completeness. Only complete applications are forwarded to the Admissions Committee. A complete application must include the following:

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  • completed SHP application + all applicable fees
  • official transcript of highest degree
  • Graduate Record Examination General test scores forwarded by ETS to SHP (institutional code: R3116). Notes: (a) according to ETS policy, GRE scores are only reportable for 5 years; (b) applicants should take the GRE early enough to ensure that their scores are received by the submission deadline; (c) because the GRE is one of many factors in the admission decision, we do not apply or set any minimum score or cut-off for either the test as a whole or its components.
  • three recommendations, preferably from professional colleagues/supervisors or from course instructors (recommendation forms are available - click here for a form)
  • Personal or family recommendations are not accepted.
  • statement of research interests
  • resume or curriculum vita
  • a copy of one's current state license and/or professional certification, if applicable (please note that some courses or activities may require that students in licensed professions hold a valid NJ license).

International students must comply with the applicable University and School guidelines, which include the following: (1) achieving a score of 78/80 or higher on the Internet Test of English as a Foreign Language, and (2) providing an external evaluation of all foreign transcripts from an agency approved by the Office of Enrollment Services that verifies US baccalaureate equivalency.

Admission Process

Admission to the program involves the following three stages:

  • The Admissions Committee reviews complete applications and recommends the best candidates for interview.
  • The best-qualified candidates undergo a general interview by a team of faculty. Candidates recommended for further consideration by the interview team normally are invited to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a faculty member identified as potential research advisor.
  • Candidates who obtain the support of a faculty member willing to serve as their research advisor receive an offer of admission.

Applicants will be notified of their application status by mail; those accepted into the Program will be mailed an official notification of admission, including all required admissions materials. Matriculation as a student in the Program is contingent on return and receipt of all required materials, including the signed acceptance of admission and any requisite fees. Because the Program makes extensive use of information technologies, all matriculants are required to have and maintain remote (off-campus) access to Internet services, to include at least Web browsing capability and an e-mail client. The University does not provide these services, but does provide all matriculants with an e-mail address and access to its network, including the Rutgers Library journal and full-text research databases.










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